Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) / 64% (Audience)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By: Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
Galifiniakis’ portrayal of the effete Marty Huggins is a visual treat to behold and he deserves kudos for the effort he put into making the character so three dimensional. Ferrell also did a nice spin on his George W. Bush character by making his Cam Brady more lascivious and a lot less childlike. Dylan McDermott stood out too as the Sith Lord-like campaign manager hired to make Marty into a winning politician. The next time any casting director is looking for someone to play Satan they need to give McDermott a call. he pulled off oily menace surprisingly well.
Aside from the things that were shown in the trailer and a particularly hilarious scene where Ferrell’s Brady tries to recite the Lord’s Prayer, this movie was not all that funny. Aside from the aforementioned things I did not laugh out loud at anything in thing in the film. I alternated between light chuckling and total silence.
The Asian maid speaking like an old southern mammie was mildly humorous the first time it was shown but by the third time it was just annoying.
Final Verdict: A movie with this level of talent in front of and behind the camera has no call to be as moderately comical as The Campaign. If you’ve seen the trailers then you have seen 90% of the best parts of the film and can save yourself the $10 ticket price. C-